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A taste of the fun and entertainment you can experience on Windows Live Messenger
Microsoft kicks off its "Live" theme

Microsoft has released the final version of its Windows Live Messenger instant messaging application. This should be welcome news to the over 240 million people worldwide that using the program making it the world's largest instant messaging service.

"Windows Live is all about giving consumers the tools and services they need to be in control as they stay connected to the people they care about, on top of the information that is important to them, and better protected across all their online activities. The launch of Windows Live Messenger represents a significant 'down payment' on the Windows Live vision and an important milestone for the business," said Martin Taylor, corporate vice president of Windows Live and MSN at Microsoft.

The latest version of Messenger brings a wealth of features to the table including free video calls using technology from Logitech International SA, Verizon Web Calling service which allows users to make PC to land line phone calls for a nominal fee, the ability to share folders between buddies, and integration with other Windows Live services including Windows Live Search and Windows Live Mail. Windows Live Messenger will also take full advantage of the Microsoft’s new LifeCam VX-6000 and LifeCam VX-3000.

In keeping with the Windows Live theme, Microsoft has posted an interview with Martin Taylor on Windows Live Messenger and the rest of the Windows Live family. Here's an excerpt:

PressPass: Why did Microsoft choose Windows Live Messenger as the first core Windows Live service to launch?

Taylor: We regard Windows Live Messenger as one of the most pivotal services within Windows Live, because it’s built to help people connect and share in all kinds of rich, unique ways. Windows Live Messenger offers people the ability to see, talk and share with family and friends in such a seamless way that puts them in control. Windows Live Messenger is also integrated with many of the Windows Live services to serve as a convenient entry point into consumers’ online world so they can do even more than IM right from one place. From directly within Windows Live Messenger, users can launch a shared Windows Live Search query so they can pick out a restaurant with the person they’re talking with, or visit a blog on MSN Spaces to see what their friend has been up to, or browse to their favorite Web sites using Windows Live Favorites, or check their Windows Live Mail. So in many ways Windows Live Messenger is one of the main hubs of Windows Live. Windows Live Messenger also is the first core service that incorporates the sleek user interface and look-and-feel that will be used across all of the Windows Live services.

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Windows Messenger 4.7 still for me.
By dhei on 6/20/2006 11:33:43 AM , Rating: 2
4.7 of messenger does everything i need, no ads, small memory footprint (heard this takes over 60megs).

I hate clutter.

By Rolphus on 6/20/2006 11:47:14 AM , Rating: 2
I've got the beta, and that's using 17Mb of RAM at the moment. I'm going to upgrade to final now.

Personally, I think the interface is much less cluttered in this version.

RE: Windows Messenger 4.7 still for me.
By Scabies on 6/20/2006 11:59:02 AM , Rating: 2
Sick, I cant stand using Windows Messenger here at work.

240mil messenger users... is that an exaggeration? like, 240mil copies of Windows were sold with messenger integrated?

By OddTSi on 6/20/2006 1:22:04 PM , Rating: 2
You do realize there's a world outside of the United States, right? AIM may be the most popular IM service in the U.S. but MSN is by far the most popular outside of the U.S. If you ever try to get in touch through IM with someone outside of the U.S. most of the time they'll give you an MSN screenname.

By CSMR on 6/20/2006 6:56:58 PM , Rating: 2
MSN messenger, of which this is an update, is not integrated into windows. Windows messenger is (same network, different software).

Like, Hello
By glennpratt on 6/20/2006 11:52:38 AM , Rating: 4
Yikes, that conversation in the screenshot is nearly unbearable.

RE: Like, Hello
By Scabies on 6/20/2006 12:01:58 PM , Rating: 2
no, it is.

-user1:"Is that a new do?
I straightened it"
and I did a color rinse"

some three years old boy wrote that script, user1 talking to herself and all...

RE: Like, Hello
By Master Kenobi on 6/20/2006 12:03:43 PM , Rating: 2
Yes well most teenagers using messengers have very airheaded conversations between themselves...... they live in a world of their own you know!

RE: Like, Hello
By Chiisuchianu on 6/20/2006 12:50:18 PM , Rating: 2
lmao. i couldnt stop laughing when i saw that conversation. this being their attempt at appealing to the masses just goes to show what low lives the majority consists of

Offline messages finally
By Staples on 6/20/2006 9:40:06 PM , Rating: 2
After ICQ has been around for 10+ years and has had offline messeges since day one, someone else finally comes along and delivers the same. This was the best feature of ICQ by far and I am glad to see that MSN finally has this elementary feature.

Oh yeah, I hate the bigger ad window and the perverbial search window. At least I can take those huge tabs off.

RE: Offline messages finally
By Xavian on 6/21/2006 12:36:46 AM , Rating: 2
you can take the ads off with apatch, using apatch you can pretty much remove anything you want with no bad side-effects.

Search for it on google.

RE: Offline messages finally
By kilj on 6/21/2006 6:46:30 AM , Rating: 2
There's also MessPatch! ;)

RE: Offline messages finally
By Staples on 6/21/2006 11:37:43 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the tip. I will try it later on today.

I hate screen clutter.

Problems already
By photoguy99 on 6/20/2006 12:07:03 PM , Rating: 2
It's been locking up since yesterday.

Don't know if their system capacity is inadequate or what, quite annoying...

RE: Problems already
By armagedon on 6/20/2006 12:55:13 PM , Rating: 2
what's with this memory usage paranoia ? Most of today modern pc has a gig of it. So if a program can run faster by pulling what it needs to memory, so be it.
I paid a lot for that mem, so please use it! i doesn't make me feel any better by looking at how much free ram i have.

RE: Memory hugger
By armagedon on 6/20/2006 12:58:42 PM , Rating: 2
ooops ... wrong thread. See below.

By jeromatron on 6/20/06, Rating: 0
RE: iChat
By DigitalFreak on 6/20/2006 4:03:18 PM , Rating: 2
As a PC user, I have to include the obligitory "We don't care".

RE: iChat
By Bull Dog on 6/20/2006 4:06:41 PM , Rating: 2
I concur. I don't care--especially for the "i" this and the "i" that branding.

RE: iChat
By AT39 on 6/20/2006 4:09:02 PM , Rating: 2
Once again, Apple taking the early version of WLM and quickly making it and adding some features. Where do you think they got their new GUI Design? Ideas taking form ealry Longhorn Tech Demos, then made to use on their Macs. The only reason that Apple has the shiny new stuff first is because it is easier to roll out when macs only hae like 100 different hardware configurations, as compared to the PCs potentially infinite possiblies.

What's the big deal?
By SexyJames on 6/20/2006 6:34:28 PM , Rating: 2
I like the sound of sharing folders, but besides that is there any new reason to swap my trusty MSN for Live?

RE: What's the big deal?
By Johnmcl7 on 6/20/2006 9:12:55 PM , Rating: 2
I was wondering the same...

RE: What's the big deal?
By CSMR on 6/21/2006 12:00:57 PM , Rating: 2
International phone calls?

Hate the Advertisements
By TomZ on 6/21/2006 10:34:50 AM , Rating: 3
I tried the beta, but I just hate the advertisements and the MSN search bar at the bottom. While I'm okay with ads on web sites, I'm not ready to give up screen space in my applications to ads. There is no option to turn them off, so I uninstalled it and went back to V4.7.

Memory hogger
By cnimativ on 6/20/2006 12:46:49 PM , Rating: 1
Upgraded to Live from Live Beta.

It drains 64MB of memory (haven't reboot after the upgrade yet)

Outlook is draining 43MB, Firefox draining 132MB with 12 tabs, Word is draining 25MB.

RE: Memory hogger
By IMPoor on 6/21/2006 11:15:02 AM , Rating: 1
ARe you out of memory or even close to out of memory? Then who cares how much it uses. 64MB for messenger, 43MB for outlook, 132MB for firefox, 25MB for word. Thats 264MB of RAM. Then I figure Windows is using another 200 or so. So if you have 1GB of RAM you still have plenty of room to start many other apps. And RAM is cheap. Oh I fogot your 333MHz Celeron Motherboard can't support more than 256MB of RAM. Well guess what, you are screwed when Vista comes out.

Very kickbutt software
By Nocturnal on 6/20/2006 5:13:20 PM , Rating: 2
I was in the closed beta and this new version is indeed leaps and bounds ahead of the older versions of Messenger.

By abakshi on 6/23/2006 2:23:29 AM , Rating: 2
I've been playing around with MSN/now WLM quite a bit over the last few months, mostly for video chats. The sheer number of features it has vs. AIM is amazing -- kinda makes me wish people used it more around here (100% AIM).

By a1trips on 6/25/2006 11:32:23 AM , Rating: 2
maybe off topic,
but i am not going to touch another microsoft Product if it's the fucking last company on Earth.
Caveat emptor.
After having paid an extortionate amount of money( my monthly wages) to buy an XP licence for my home pc's.. M$ bSOD's all of them through wga notifications as date and time are set to the wrong timezone . spent one nasty weekend.. and im buying pirated , Just you watch, MS
// done.. phew!

“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs
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